The splash pad will provide residents with an alternate aquatic activity that they do not have to travel out of town for. It has low liability because there is no standing water, which means no risk of drowning. It has low operation costs as no staffing is required. Some features that we plan to include are a Failsafe which turns off water if there starts to be standing water; a Bollard Activator which allows the child to push a button to turn on the water which will automatically shut off after 15 minutes and a timer which will shut the splash pad off after park hours. We are also in the process of researching water re-use options and have spoken with Rexburg, Iona, Ammon, Chubbuck, and Preston about how they recycle their water.
We also have determined that a splash pad can be open for 4 months from Memorial Day to Labor Day and longer if weather is warm enough to do so. The Health Department guidelines will be posted. Children who are not toilet trained will be required to wear swim diapers.The splash pad will have a geyser theme and will be contracted out. We are still in the process of determining a vendor.
Below are some examples of splash pads in surrounding areas. We are planning on designing something similar in size.